On December 1st, the Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society proudly celebrated its 40th year of service. The Open House was held at the Family Centre and it was filled with parents, children, alumni and our community partners. KOKA Architecture presented a visual and interactive floor plan of the Family Centre. To enhance families’ ideas, the visioning tree was showcased on our wall. Photo journals also illustrated four decades of service. The highlight of the evening was the ribbon cutting ceremony, which officially opened our new playground. We were honored to have Acting Mayor Raymond Louie attend and assist with the ribbon cutting. Many thanks to our dedicated staff for all their hard work planning and preparing for this big event.
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Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society celebrated 40 years of service with a family dance party on October 1, 2016. Families were warmly welcomed by the staff and volunteers. Everyone enjoyed the art activity, snacks, socializing with other families and the dancing. The entertainment highlighted a special flamenco dance, storytelling by Naomi Steinberg and Music with Marnie. A big thanks to Mark Rohman of Black Tusk Video for capturing the show.
Click below to see some of the great entertainment shown that day.
Thirty five of our refugee families (39 adults and 40 children) had a fun and "fruitful" afternoon at the Main Street Station Farmers' Market in July. Each family received special nutrition coupons to buy locally grown food such as fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, fish, and meat. It was wonderful to see lots of happy faces and to hear comments such as:
"Thank you for helping us afford healthy food for our children to eat."
"I found eggplants that looked like the ones I get from my home country. I can't wait to cook maqluba [traditional Syrian dish] again for my family. It is my daughter's favourite."
"This market reminds me of home. We did not know that markets like this exist in Vancouver". These feelings of familiarity and nice memories are precious for everyone, especially for refugee families.
The Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon Program is an initiative of the BC Association of Farmers Markets, sponsored by the BC Government's Ministry of Health. Thanks to the generous funding received from Whole Foods Market, the Vancouver Fresh to Families project started in 2015. This partnership between Vancouver Farmers Markets, Mount Pleasant Family Centre's Circles of Care and Connection program, MOSAIC, VCH Healthiest Babies Possible Program, and Public Health Dietitians has the goal to secure funding to expand the current number of families receiving the nutrition coupons in Vancouver. While supporting local farming (every dollar spent goes back to farmers), the Coupon Program enables lower-income BC families to purchase locally grown, fresh food.